Gardener’s Apron & Kneeling Pad

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make gardening even more fun with this coordinating gardener’s apron and kneeling pad. The kneeling pad will protect and cushion your knees as you garden the day away in this stylish, yet functional, apron.

Materials

  • Fabrics: large floral print, 1 yd.; stripe, 1/3 yd.
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 2-1/4 yd.

Tools

  • Foam, 2” thick, 8”x16”
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Apron

1. Cut 24”x31” rectangle from floral fabric. Fold in half lengthwise. Use pencil to mark 6” from fold at top edge, 8” from top, and 14” from top along selvage edge. Use pencil to draw a line from 6” mark down, 8” then curve line to meet with 14” mark on selvage edge. Use scissors to cut along line, creating one-piece apron shape.

2. Fold side and bottom edges in 1-1/2”; press. Open up and fold edges into crease and press again. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire edge of apron. Fold top edge in 2”, press. Open up and fold raw edge into crease and press. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire top edge of apron. Cut and sew 22” ribbon length to top two edges for neck loop, and two 28” lengths at sides for apron ties.

3. Cut 8-1/2” square from striped fabric. Fold in all edges 1/2”; press. Use pencil to mark bottom two corners 2” from bottom edge and 2” in from each side. Use pencil to draw line between marks and press along line to create clipped corners. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire shape of pocket. Use straight stitch to sew pocket to apron, leaving top edge open.

Kneeling Pad

1. Use sharp scissors to cut 8”x16” rectangle from foam. Cut 11”x19” rectangle from floral and stripe fabrics. Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew right sides together and sew around all sides, leaving a 4” opening along top edge.

2. Use pencil to mark 1-1/2” in from each edge at all four corners for two marks at each corner. Open up corners and place seams together, matching edge markings. Straight stitch between marks for a pleated corner. Repeat for three remaining corners. Turn case right side out and insert foam. Hand sew opening closed.

by Keri Lee Sereika

Great Finds Friday: Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I’d like to introduce you to a brand-new product from Fiskars, maker of the famous orange-handled scissors we all know and love. Now, Fiskars has married innovative Amplify™ technology to their unique design to create an amazing new line of tools for mixed-media crafters.

Fiskars Brands, Inc., has one of the most enduring histories in the craft industry. Established in 1649, Fiskars is the oldest company in Finland. Yes, you read that correctly. . . 1649! To read more about their history, and their many modern achievements, visit their site. Learn how and why those famous handles got their color, too.

The “Original Orange-Handled Scissors” celebrated their 45th anniversary last year. First introduced in 1967, they provided the home seamstress and professional alike a lighter and more comfortable design.

In my home, and at Grandma’s house, they were known as “the good scissors” and were off-limits to the kids. I can’t tell you how grown-up I felt the first time I bought my own pair of orange-handled scissors. And I’ve guarded them with my life, just like Mom and Grandma.

I’m now the proud owner of several pairs of Fiskars scissors, including the new Amplify Mixed Media Shears. These premium shears are designed for cutting extra-thick mixed-media materials like chipboard, corkboard, canvas, vinyl, leather, magnet, and more.  They also cut fabric and ribbon, so I don’t have to switch scissors midway through a project.

Amplify Mixed Media Shears are available in three sizes for cutting in tight spaces (6”), all-purpose cutting (8”), and large-scale projects requiring long, clean cuts (10”). All shears include a sheath to protect the blades and all come with a lifetime warranty.

Here are photos of the 6” and 10” shears, as well as the protective sheath that comes with each pair. The sheath takes a little fine-motor coordination to remove, so little hands are less likely to come into contact with the blades, but they are very sharp and should be kept in a safe place.

Another thing that makes these shears so unique is that they sense blade separation as you’re cutting, and the design mechanism forces the blades back together to cut cleanly through thick materials. The tool does the work, saving strain on your hands and making every project more enjoyable to create.

Purchase Fiskars Amplify Shears at JoAnn Stores now, or on the Fiskars customer service page. Shears retail from $24.99 to $39.99 and come with a lifetime guarantee. If you’re a mixed-media crafter, you may never need to buy another pair of scissors.

Watch for more information about Fiskars Amplify shears, including an exciting announcement, in early September on the blog as we celebrate National Sewing Month.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Whimsical Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some summer charm to your patio or porch décor with this soft and cheery floral pillow. Combined with a refreshing glass of lemonade, this comfy pillow is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Natural, 1/3 yd.; Blushing Bride, 1/2 yd.; English Rose, 1/8 yd.
  • Pink floral print cotton fabrics: large floral (borders), 1/4 yd.; coordinating print, scraps, four
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink rick rack
  • Buttons, two
  • Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle and button thread
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10” square from Natural wool felt.

STEP 2

Cut two 2-1/2”x10” and two 2-1/2”x15” strips from floral fabric. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew shorter strips to top and bottom of 10” Natural square, trimming strips even. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew remaining strips to sides of sewn panel, trimming strips even. Press seams.

STEP 3

Cut backing square from Blushing Bride wool felt to same size as pillow front.

STEP 4

With right sides together and using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew front and back squares together, leaving a 3” opening. Trim seam allowance and turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill.

STEP 5

Use button thread to whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 6

Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using two fabrics, with wrong sides together, trace one large flower onto fabric with disappearing ink marker. Repeat with small flower. Machine-sew on traced line of each flower. Using scissors, cut very close to stitching outside of traced line, being careful not to cut thread. Flowers should have a frayed edge.

STEP 7

Trace yo-yo pattern onto fabric. Use button thread to sew a running stitch very close to raw edge of fabric. Pull gathers tight; knot and clip thread. Create two yo-yo’s. Use floss to sew buttons to yo-yo centers, knotting on front of button.

STEP 8

Use decorative-edge scissors to cut 1/2”-wide strips (stems) from wool felt. Trace and cut leaves from wool felt.

STEP 9

Arrange flowers, stems, and leaves onto pillow, trimming stems to desired lengths; adhere to pillow.

STEP 10

Adhere rick rack trim to pillow as shown.

by Rebekah Meier

Was It Worth It?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this quote as a gentle reminder to enjoy today and not stress out about tomorrow.

Materials

  • JAR Designs Spring Leaf 28-count Jobelan, 17”x12” (available at X’s & Oh’s Designs)
  • DMC Six-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Green fabric, 1/2 yd.
  • Batting
  • Green ribbon, 5/8” wide, 24” length
  • Dowel

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 10-5/8″x5-3/4″; Stitch Count: 150 w x 82 h

Wall Hanging

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched fabric 1-1/2” from stitching.

2. Cut two strips of green fabric 8-3/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to each side of stitched fabric using 1/4” seam allowance. Cut two strips 17-1/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to top and bottom of stitched fabric. Press seams toward green fabric.

3. Cut batting 17”x12-1/4”. Cut green backing fabric same dimensions as sewn top. Cut four 6” lengths of green ribbon and fold in half. Layer batting on back of top (cross-stitched) fabric. Pin ribbon to right-side of top fabric with fold toward center and backing fabric with right-side facing top fabric. Sew around all edges, leaving a 3” opening at bottom. Clip corners and turn right-side out; press. Hang from dowel.

Tip

  • This design would be very easy to convert to any favorite over-dyed fabric and easy to select a complementary color that stands out well against fabric. Remember to make backstitching 2 shades darker than letters.

by Jo Gatenby for X’s & Oh’s Designs (www.xs-and-ohs.com)

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I’d like to tell you about three craft books that are on my project table this summer. To me, summer is the perfect time to try a few new techniques, to explore new surfaces and materials, and to carve out some creative time for myself. No time limits, no pressure, just play time. For a chance to WIN one of these great books, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about summer by 11:59pm EST on July 18th. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on July 19th.

MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES: 25 Crafty Projects and Recipes by Pip Lincolne, Hardie Grant Books (distributed by Rizzoli New York), (www.hardiegrant.com.au), ISBN: 9781742701318, retail value $29.95.

You will adore this book! Every colorful, happy-inspired project inside is a “make it just because you want to” idea, but all are functional and gift-worthy, too. None of the projects require a huge investment in tools or materials, so they’re perfect for your summer “try something new” time. And MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES is as much fun to read as it is to flip through, as you explore the fabulous photographs. Here’s an excerpt from Pip Lincolne’s “Amazingly Cute Gift Bags” project on page 16: “You will not believe how easy it is to carve your very own stamp. It honestly is. You will think you are an incredible crafty marvel…Your friends will think you are the cleverest ever and will demand presents all the time. But don’t blame me for that!” Lincolne’s style is part crafty friend, part encouraging instructor and 100% playful in her approach to crafting. In addition to the projects, which cover loads of techniques, you’ll find recipes, a reading list, a suggested playlist, and a great basics chapter. Spend your summer making hey!

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space by Lexi Barnes, Storey Publishing, (www.storey.com), ISBN: 9781603427975, retail value $19.95.

Dust off your sewing machine, take a critical look at which parts of your home need a little refreshing, and grab this how-to guide. Sew Up a Home Makeover includes 50 ways to elevate your home’s style and functionality with fabric and basic sewing skills. There are no complicated patterns or templates, and projects can be fully customized for your needs. As author Lexi Barnes explains, once you’ve lived in your home for awhile, things can begin to ”feel too familiar, or dated, or (gulp) boring.” Have you been there? I know I have. The first project I can’t wait to try is the Dreamy Duvet Cover shown on the book cover. Using a flat sheet, pretty fabric, buttons, and twill tape, I’m planning to transform the master bedroom from “final resting place of clean laundry” to peaceful oasis for Mom and Dad. Fabric is a little bit magic that way; it makes a big impact without too much effort or expense. Barnes also offers great design tips for budget-savvy crafters and would-be decorators, along with easy-to-follow project instructions.

Practical Origami: Folding Your Way to Everyday Accessories by the Editors of Shufu-no-Tomo, Vertical Inc., (www.vertical-inc.com), ISBN:9781935654407, retail value $19.95.

Presentation is everything when it comes to gifting and entertaining, and Practical Origami includes dozens of designs to entice your hands into the art of paper folding. Project categories include: Gorgeous Everyday Containers (including Sweets Box, Cookie Box, Deli Box, and more); Tabletop Decorations (including Chopsticks Envelope, Bunny Chopsticks Rest, Herb Pouch, and more); Gift Wrappings with a Japanese Twist (including various pouches and envelopes); Desktop Accessories (including book covers, CD Case, Pen Tray, and more); and Decorations for Every Season (including animals, flowers, and more). Decorate your own home or use your origami creations to house handmade gifts, creating two lovely gifts in one.

Remember, leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Good luck!

Happy Summer Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Appliquéd Butterfly & Bug Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make bath time a splash! Stitch these adorable bug and butterfly towels to make bath time a fun treat for kids instead of a chore.

Materials

  • White bath towels, two
  • Cotton fabrics: bright purple, 1/8 yd.; bright pink, 1/4 yd.; bright blue, 1/8 yd.; bright green, 1/4 yd.
  • Embroidery floss: bright purple, bright blue, black pearl cotton
  • Yellow flat buttons, 3/4”, four
  • Black baby rickrack

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Needle
  • Adhesives: Iron-on adhesive, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

General

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.). Cut materials as indicated.

2. Use computer and desired font to print names; transfer to towels, adding swirls at beginning and end. Stem stitch names on towels using four strands bright blue floss for bug and bright purple floss for butterfly.

Butterfly Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than top and bottom wings. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut top wings from fused purple and bottom wings from fused pink fabric (along dashed lines). Adhere wings to towel above name on right side (top wing should overlap bottom wing). Use one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch around outside edges of wings.

2. For antennae, fold 7” rickrack length in half; adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

3. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top wings.

4. For binding, cut 3”-wide strips to towel width plus 1” from pink fabric. Place strip across bottom front of towel with right sides together (edge should be even at bottom and extend 1/2” at sides). Sew strip 3/4” from bottom edge of towel. Turn raw edges of strip over to back of towel. Turn long edge under 3/4” (turned edge should be even with stitching on front side). Hand sew turned edges of strip to towel.

Bug Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than head and body. Follow manufacturer’s instruction to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut head from fused blue and body from fused green (along dashed lines).

2. For legs, cut six 4-1/2” black rickrack lengths. Fold pieces in half so both sides are same length. Adhere raw ends under body at placement of leg lines on pattern.

3. For antennae, fold a 5” baby rickrack length in half and adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

4. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top of bug.

5. Make binding in same way as Butterfly Towel, using green fabric.

by Mary Ayres

Eiffel Tower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use stamps, die-cut felt, and a rolled muslin flower to decorate a trendy burlap pillow cover with French-vintage style.

Materials

  • Pillow form
  • Fabrics: burlap, 1 yd; black felt, one sheet; muslin scraps; white cotton scrap
  • Ivory lace
  • Pearl stick pin
  • Jeweled button

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower Die
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamps: Wood-Mounted Paris Mark E2-1463, Postes Francaise J1-1075, French Collage V2-1674; Cling-Mount Cirque Alphabet CMS065
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Acrylic Grid-Blocks
  • Black permanent ink pad
  • Adhesives: fusible web, fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth, sewing needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure pillow form. To create cover, add 3” to height and length of pillow form and cut two panels of that size from burlap.

STEP 2

Cut white cotton piece 4” less than height and length of pillow form. Using photo as guide, stamp designs onto fabric using black permanent ink; leave space in word for die-cut Eiffel tower. Cover design with pressing cloth and heat set ink.

STEP 3

Iron fusible web onto back of felt sheet. Die cut Eiffel tower from felt. Remove paper backing and fuse tower to stamped panel, creating “A” in “PARIS.” Stitch letter in place, if desired.

STEP 4

With wrong sides together, sew burlap panels together along three sides using 1-1/2” seam. Insert pillow form and machine-sew last side closed.

STEP 5

Beginning on one side, pull several threads from unfinished edge of burlap to create fringe. Continue around pillow until all sides are fringed.

STEP 6

Tear and roll long strip of muslin into flower shape, securing with fabric glue; let dry. Adhere or sew button to flower center; adhere or sew flower to pillow near upper right corner of stamped panel.

STEP 7

Tear additional muslin strip; cut lace strip to same length. Fold lengths in half and adhere or sew to pillow below edge of flower. Insert stick pin into pillow as shown.

Tip

  • Look for other stamp themes like botanicals, animals, or text for your pillow designs. Try stamping designs in color, or dye burlap and/or muslin before creating pillow cover.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Denim Star Placemat and Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a splash of patriotic color to picnic tables with these easy-to-make placemats and napkins.

Materials

  • Red placemat, 12”x18”
  • Red dinner napkin, 18” square
  • Denim fabric, 1⁄6 yard
  • Red Felt, 6” square
  • Thread: navy rayon embroidery; all-purpose navy, white
  • White embroidery floss
  • White star buttons, 1⁄2” across, four

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Pellon: Wonder-Under Iron-on Adhesive Regular, Heavy-duty; Sof-Shape Tear-away Interfacing; Stitch-N-Tear Stabilizer
  • Pressing cloth (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one placemat and napkin.)

Step 1

Wash placemat, napkin, and denim without fabric softener. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply interfacing, then regular iron-on adhesive, to back of denim. Apply heavy-duty iron-on adhesive to one side of felt.

Step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut stars and hearts as indicated. Position three stars and hearts on left side of placemat, and one star and heart in one corner of napkin. Remove paper backing; fuse shapes in place.

Step 3

Using two floss strands, blanket-stitch around hearts. Use white thread to sew button to center of each heart.

Step 4

Cut squares from stabilizer to fit over design areas; pin in place on back. Using navy rayon for top thread and navy all-purpose in bobbin, satin stitch around stars.

by Angie Wilhite

Chenille Bedspread Cat Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Turn an old chenille bedspread into a decorative pillow. Use your favorite car, dog, or teddy bear pattern and sew a vintage menagerie!

Materials

  • Chenille bedspread
  • Cat pattern of choice
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Gold or black buttons, two

Tools

  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Position pattern on bedspread to determine placement of design.

STEP 2

Follow pattern instructions to cut and sew pillow, leaving opening for stuffing. Stuff pillow firmly; hand-sew opening closed.

STEP 3

For eyes, sew buttons to face.

by Karen Smith

Bless My Bloomers Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Blooming with color, this whimsical pillow is embroidered with all the fun inhabitants of a garden and will be the perfect addition to your summer décor.

Materials

  • Muslin, 11”x18”
  • Cotton fabrics, coordinating spring solids and prints of choice
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting, 11”x18”
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss: 310, 367, 780, 817, 839, 844, 3350, 3362, 3821, 3834, 3835, 3852, 3853, 3862
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-Fil Stuffing

Tools

  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, transfer paper, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Cut the following from fabrics of choice: back, 16”x23”; top strip, 2-1⁄2”x18”; bottom strip, 2-1⁄2”x20”; right strip, 2-1⁄2”x13-1⁄2”; left strip, 2-1⁄2”x16”; bow, 1”x12”.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer design to muslin.

STEP 3

(Note: Use two strands floss and backstitch, except where noted differently, to embroider design.) Backstitch as follows: Rabbit and shovel handle, DMC 844; “Bless My Bloomers”, whiskers, shovel loop, bees and solid line on bee bodies, dotted line around bees, and ladybug outline, DMC 310; eyes (French knots) and nose (satin stitch) DMC 310; star on rabbit, third flower from left and dashed lines on bees, DMC 3852.

STEP 4

Backstitch ladybug dots/circles, DMC 817; watering can handle, sides, checkerboard, spout outline, radish outline, and right flower center, DMC 3834; watering can spout, watering can top and bottom, spout dots (French knots), left flower, and inner radish lines, DMC 3350.

STEP 5

Backstitch carrot and second flower from left, DMC 3853; right flower, DMC 3835; left flower center, DMC 3862; center of second flower to left of shovel, DMC 839; center of third flower from left, DMC 780.

STEP 6

Backstitch stem/leaves on left flower and third flower from left and carrot top, DMC 3362; stem/leaves on second flower from left, and right flower, radish top, and ground line, DMC 367; sunflower, DMC 3821.

STEP 7

To assemble, sew fabric strips to muslin, with right sides facing, in the following order: top, right, bottom, left. Trim as needed; press.

STEP 8

Use small straight stitches to attach small fabric scrap to ear. Tie fabric bow; sew to rabbit. Blush cheeks.

STEP 9

Sew pillow front to back with right sides facing, leaving 3” opening for turning. Turn right side out and stuff. Whipstitch opening closed.

by Melinda Brooks